Exterior electrical issues. Sellers and buyers beware.

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Home Inspector with Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections 10072923

Exterior electrical issues. Sellers and buyers beware.

Safety is number one priority at Desert Sun Home Inspections in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

This is why when inspecting home for a buyer or a seller there seems to always be an issue with the exterior electrical.

There are issues from missing or damaged receptacle covers to the unprotected wiring.

Here is a shot of an electrical conduit that is missing the cover. No one seemed to know why the cover was missing.

Missing electrical elbow cover.

And yes the wiring was live wires. This is an safety issue.

Here we have a shot of the exterior four plug set that is not protected from the elements and is not within a GFI or GFCI system.

Exposed plug box.

There are a lot of issues that could be a deadly combination when it comes to electrical and the safety of that exterior electrical.

Here we have a line ran to the garage for power. The line is just a romex 120 volt 20 amp line. But the exposed line has deteriorated to the point the wires are exposed.

Exposed garage feeder wiring.

This could end up being a deadly situation for a family and their children.

Always get a good home inspection when buying a home.

 

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Clint  McKie

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Comments (18)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Clint, does anyone use an electrical contractor in your area? Enjoy your day and be safe!

Jan 07, 2014 09:05 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Cline,

Never can understand why a homeowner is not aware of deadly electrical issues! The family is always the top concern so these electrical issues are a top priority!

Jan 07, 2014 09:17 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Playing with fire with these...I guess playing with electricity is more correct. At least with fire you can see the flames!

Jan 07, 2014 09:24 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Electrical wiring like that is so scary. All I can see is a house fire in the future. I hope they get that fix right away befor something bad happens. 

Jan 07, 2014 10:07 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

There are some real "doozies" in these photos Clint. It is best to have this looked at by a professional electrician, you don't want to make a mistake here.

Jan 07, 2014 11:03 PM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Clint: The good thing is, these are all easily fixed by a licensed professional.

Jan 08, 2014 07:29 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning, Clint. I see more goofy stuff when it comes to electrical issues. For some reason, folks just seem to be complacent when it comes to something that can kill them.

Jan 08, 2014 06:41 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

You are such a worry wart.  Just call Uncle Bob and tell him to bring lost of duct tape.  He'll fix it up in a hurry. 

Jan 08, 2014 06:52 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Wayne.

I think it's all the changes over the years of living in the homes. The owners want to do extra things but never get a licensed electrician to do the work. Uncle Bob has been busy.

Have a good day in Fort Myers my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 08, 2014 08:11 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Dorie,

It comes back to the idea of "There has never been an issue other than you think it is wrong to be that way". These are the comments of a home owner.

Have a great day in Canyon Creek.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 08, 2014 08:13 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Gary,

Invisible and deadly. Only takes one mishap to end a life.

Thanks for the comment and have a very good day on Merritt Island.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 08, 2014 08:14 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Debbie,

And this is why you always get a home inspection. Never know the issues that may pop up when inspecting a home.

Have a very nice day in Clarksville.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 08, 2014 08:16 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Tom,

This is why I always recommend a licensed electrician inspect and advise the seller or buyer for the needed repairs.

Have a nice day in Placerville.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 08, 2014 08:18 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Anita,

What the owners don't realize is that it's cheaper do have to electrical done the right way the first time. If you wait years to fix the issues it will cost you more in the long run.

Have a nice day in Warner Robins.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 08, 2014 08:20 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Michael,

Like running down the highway at 100 miles an hour with a bald tire. Eventually it will blow out. Then you have major issues.

Have a great day in the Brentwood areas today.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 08, 2014 08:22 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi James,

Well, UH....Hmmm.... It would insulate the lines till an electrician could get them replaced. good call. too funny.

Have a great day in Rogers my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 08, 2014 08:24 PM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

I would be speed dialing the electrician on these problems Clint.

Jan 08, 2014 08:39 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Conrad,

That would be the best course of action and I do believe that.

Have a good day in Webster. Stay warm.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 08, 2014 09:10 PM